Set the mood with these unexpected everyday lighting solutions.

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‘Scandinavianish’ table – JHB Design


Place a big frosted bulb (with dyed cord) in a large glass container for an unusual take on a table lamp.

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‘Fjord’ table – Patricia Urquiola for Moroso


Cast a colour shadow on the floor in the shape of the table by placing coloured LED lights underneath its surface.

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Retro desk – Abode


Create a festive wall installation by hanging a series of silver beauty bulbs from a coat rack.

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‘Plyable’ table – Gregor Jenkin Studio


Up with down lighters. Place strip lights – normally installed under counters – on top of a table. Turn ugly cords into a feature having them dyed in a striking colour: a cable manufacturer will be able to assist you.

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‘Gray’ dining table – Gervasoni (Modern Home)


Give bunting a modern update by hanging it under the table. Candles bundled together and tied with a strap and belt clasp will enhance any setting.

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‘Clyfford’ writing desk – Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti


Transform Chinese wish lanterns into evocative lampshades by turning them upside down and placing lights inside. Hang over a reflective surface to create a beautiful display.

Lights sourced from Eagle Lighting.

First published in ELLE DECO #74. Production Anna Loubser and Photography Antonia Steyn.